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Ninth Gate, The

Genre: Mystery Suspense

Reviewed In Issue 42 (Oct 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Frank Langella, James Russo, Jack Taylor, Jose Lopez Rodero, Allen Garfield, Barbara Jefford & Emmanuelle Seigner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Roman Polanski, the isolated music score, a very short making-of featurette (but it does include comments by Polanski and Depp), three theatrical trailers, cast and crew biographies, on screen production notes, an innovative section where you can view selected scenes by either its script page or storyboard, a production notes booklet, three theatrical trailers, a production notes booklet, and a gallery of satanic drawings depicting the nine gates. The menus on this disc are very difficult to navigate because, once again, the highlighted choice is not readily apparent. Non-DVD-savvy consumers will have a devil of a time with this disc.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 60747
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for some violence and sexuality.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/18/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roman Polanski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bad, Artisan Entertainment! Bad! Bad! How dare you force us to watch an ad for your Web site before this movie! Based on the novel

DVD Picture:
Viewed in a completely blackened room for optimal viewing due to the dark nature of the film, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits generally pleasing image quality. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered fine detail and definition. Despite the dark character, for the most part colors are nicely rendered with balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. There are some problems with color consistency, with noticeable changes within some scenes. Most distracting is the appearance of edge enhancement, though minor pixelization is also apparent.

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